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Jain monk Tarun Sagar passes away at 51

Tarun Sagar was born as Pawan Kumar Jain on 1967 in Damoh, Madhya Prdaesh.

Jain monk Tarun Sagar passes away in Delhi
Jain monk Tarun Sagar passes away in Delhi. (Source: ANI)

Popular Jain monk Tarun Sagar passed away on Saturday morning at Radhapuri Jain Temple in east Delhi after a prolonged illness. He was 51. The monk was admitted to a hospital after he contracted jaundice but there was no improvement in his condition. His last rites will be carried out in Modinagar at the Tarun Sagar Dham.

As soon as people got to know of his death people started rushing to the temple for ‘antim darshan’, an official of Bhartiya Jain Milan, a pan-India Jain organisation was quoted as saying by PTI. Tarun Sagar is a monk of the Digambara sect and has a huge following in the Jain community.

Born on 1967 in Madhya Pradesh’s Damoh as Pawan Kumar Jain, he chose to live the life a monk at a tender age of 13 after getting inspired by the sermons of another popular monk Acharya Pushpdant Sagar.

As the news of his demise spread, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, President Ram Nath Kovind and Home Minister Rajnath Singh expressed their grief and condolences as did several other leaders. Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted, “Deeply pained by the untimely demise of Muni Tarun Sagar Ji Maharaj. We will always remember him for his rich ideals, compassion and contribution to society. His noble teachings will continue inspiring people. My thoughts are with the Jain community and his countless disciples.”

President Ram Nath Kovind too paid homage to the Jain monk saying that the nation lost a well-respected spiritual leader.

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh too expressed his shock.

 

Tarun Sagar, unlike other Jain monks, openly interacted with politicians and has delivered sermons at the Madhya Pradesh Legislative Assembly in 2010 and in Haryana Legislative Assembly in 2016.